BS Reads: In plan to develop new Ayodhya, mosque conspicuous by its absence

The request for proposal to appoint a consultant for preparing a plan to re-develop Ayodhya doesn't have any reference to the new mosque, its development or its integration into the 'new smart city'

The proposed model of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya

The new Ram temple and development of areas in its close proximity are expected to be built at a cost of Rs 1,300 crore.

Sai Manish
The Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh has set the ball rolling to transform Ayodhya into a ‘world class spiritual mega city’ and the ‘biggest divine tourism hub of Asia.’ But this grand initiative makes no mention of a new mosque to be built over five acres of land allocated by the state government in Dhannipur village on the outskirts of Ayodhya.

A close look at the documents being prepared to showcase Ayodhya as a world-class spiritual mega city reveals that the entire plan is centred around the new Ram temple expected to be built on about 108 acres of land by 2023 at the site of the 16th century mosque demolished by Hindutva mobs in 1992.

First Published: Jan 04 2021 | 12:27 PM IST

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